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Saturday, 4 April 2020

How to Install APK In Android and Windows

How to Install APK In Android and Windows
Android Package Application (APK) is used by Google Android OS as a file extension to store java library for an application. APK files are similar to the ZIP format. You can explore an APK package by either renaming it from APK to ZIP or opening it as a ZIP Archive.

What's Inside an APK Package

 An APK file contains many things such as dex codes, assets, resources, it's signatures etc...

Contents found in an APK package:

assets - directory contains application assets.

res - directory contains application .xml and .png files such as drawables, strings, values.

classes.dex - it contains java byte codes converted to dex file codes understandable by Davik Virtual Machine and Android Runtime.

resources.arcs - it's .arcs file format, a precompiled res. it contains application color, style and strings.

lib - is a directory with compiled native libraries. it's split into more directory for supported ABI.

META-INF - contains application metadata and certificate of the application.

AndroidManifest.xml - is an android binary XML file that contains an application name, version, access rights.

Each application package may be different. Some application may contain multiple .dex files. you may not find lib directory in some application.

How To Install APK file on Android Phones:

Installing APK file on an android phone is an easy task. To install an APK file on your android phone, you need to enable "Unknown Sources" on your phone. Enabling unknown source is different for Android OS versions.

Installing APK File in Android 8 and Higher

First, we need an APK file, you can get APK from the third party sources or by backing up an app, game from your phone.

After we obtained the APK file, then need to enable "Install unknown apps" on our android phone.

To enable it, follow the below steps.

1. Navigate to the Settings>Apps.

How to Install APK In Android and Windows

2. Tap on 3 dots (upper right)

3. Tap on Special Access

How to Install APK In Android and Windows

4. Tap on Install unknown apps

How to Install APK In Android and Windows

5. Select an unknown app, then enable Allow from this source

How to Install APK In Android and Windows
 

That unknown app should that app which you are using to install an APK file. If you're installing an APK file using "My Files" then you have given it that permission. If you are installing from a browser then you have to give the browser that permission.

Now we've enabled "Allow from this source" permission, Next step will be opening the APK file. To do it, Tap on APK file you want to install, and then tap on the Install button to install the APK file on your phone.

How to Install APK In Android and Windows


Installing APK File on Android 7 and Lower

To install an APK file in Android version 7.x and lower, we need to enable Unknown sources on our android phone.

Steps:

1. Navigate to Settings


2. Tap on Security or Lock screen and security.

How to Install APK In Android and Windows

3. Tap on Unknown sources, then again tap on Ok button to enable unknown sources on your android phone.

How to Install APK In Android and Windows


We've successfully enabled Unknown sources, Now we can easily install any APK file on our android phone.

To install an APK file, First Tap on the APK file that you want to install. A new window will be open showing application name, icon, and permissions. To install it, Tap on the Install button on the bottom right.

How to Install APK In Android and Windows

Your APK file we start installing after you've done the above steps. Installing time will be vary depending on the application.

How to Install File on Windows

You can open APK files in Microsoft Windows using Android Studio or BlueStacks.

To install an APK file in Windows using BlueStacks, follow the below steps:

1. Ensure you have BlueStacks installed on your windows, and it running. If you don't have BlueStacks, you can download it from their official site.

Using BlueStacks APK Installer: 

To Install an APK file, Go into the My App tab and then click on Install Apk, then select an APK file to install it on BlueStacks.

Installing APK file by Drag and Drop

Click and hold on an APK file, then drag and drop it inside BlueStacks.

Installing APK file by Directly Opening It.

By far this is my favourite method to install an APK file on BlueStack. it method consumes less time and you can install APK file just by double-clicking it.

To do it, you have to choose BlueStacks as a default for opening APK files. Follow the below steps to set BlueStacks as a default program

1. Right Click on an APK file. Then click on Open With and then click on Choose default program

2. Click on Browse and navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\BlueStacks/

How to Install APK In Android and Windows Bluestacks

3. Click on HD-ApkHandler.exe and then Click Open

How to Install APK In Android and Windows Bluestacks

4. After you've done above steps, Tick Always use the selected program to open this kind of file. Then click the Ok button to complete the process.

How to Install APK In Android and Windows Bluestacks


You have successfully selected BlueStacks as a default program to install APK files. Now, you can just install any APK file by double-clicking it.

Conclusion 

Installing an APK file is an easy task. You can install your favourite games and apps on any android devices by using our guide. It's doesn't matter what android version a device is running, our guide works on every android version.
You can install APK file on windows but you've to use any android emulator to install an apk file. We've used BlueStacks because it is one of the best android emulator out there. However, there are many wonderful android emulators available for windows. You are free to use any android emulator for windows.
That's it! We hope you've liked our guide. Read our other guides and share our website with your friends and family, we've got many useful guides on our site.


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